Star Wars: Darth Vader Vol. 1

In this episode of Waiting on the Trade, guest host Trevor Doetsch takes us to a galaxy far, far away, as we discuss the first volume of Kieron Gillen, Salvador Larroca, and co.’s Star Wars: Darth Vader.

This Month’s Discussion Questions

  • Has the Expanded Universe changed your view on Vader?
  • What do you think about droids and their place in Star Wars?
  • Does knowing how a story ends affect your enjoyment?

Explanations, Observations, and Links of Note

  • I have a couple Vader-centric Kieron Gillen interviews to link you. One is pre-series, in which Gillen talks up his take on Vader and the logistics of working with the Disney Star Wars team. And the other is a spoiler-filled post-series retrospective. Both are worth a read.
  • If you haven’t read and/or watched anything about Quinlan Vos, you should! The Dark Horse Clone Wars comics, especially, do a great job of tracking his journey through the conflict.
  • At 19:57 (and other times), I say “between Episodes III and IV” when I mean “between Episodes IV and V.” I realized this almost immediately after we recorded. Please, Star Wars nerds, forgive me.
  • Google autocompletes the phrase “why do battle droids” to “why do battle droids have personalities,” so it’s not just us who have that question.
  • Thankfully, here in the show notes, I can tell you about how Star Wars renamed Jizz Music (yup, that was its name) to Jatz Music.
  • Here’s that cutaway of the Solar Sailer that Pat found, for your perusal.
  • And finally, if you’ve never gone deep on the Darth Jar Jar theory, you’re in for a treat.

Follow-Up Recommendations

If you liked Star Wars: Darth Vader, we think you might also like:

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